ICC YAAF: Interest in International Arbitration – A Practical Guide for Young Practitioners

16 Nov 2023

Lisbon English
Start: 16:00 (Lisbon time) || End: 20:00 (Lisbon time)

Why is the topic of interest in international arbitration so interesting (pun intended)? Because it is a topic that often receives little attention from counsel but that may be of key importance for parties. Join us for a crash course on this topic and become the go-to person in your team for all matters related to interest!

Time is money, we often hear. But this saying has real ramifications in the world of international arbitration which we often overlook or relegate for the final stages of the analysis of a case. Indeed, we have grown so accustomed to thinking of arbitration as a speedier method for resolving disputes, that we perhaps downplayed the importance of time and, in particular, of interest, in the context of a dispute.

However, the recent decision rendered by a U.S. Court against Argentina has come to show how unwarranted those assumptions were. On 8 September 2023, a U.S. Court ruled that Argentina would have to pay $16 billion to minority shareholders of YPF arising from the government's 2012 seizure of a majority stake in the oil and gas company. Out of the total amount awarded, approximately $8.4 billion are damages sought, and about $7.6 billion are 8% prejudgment interest running from 3 May 2012, a few weeks after the seizure.

If you need more convincing on the present-day importance of this topic, come join us for a discussion and become the go-to person in your team for all interest-related matters.

This YAAF event is being organized at the occasion of the 3rd ICC Iberian Arbitration Day, taking place this year in Lisbon on 17 November 2023. It will offer networking opportunities for lawyers, arbitrators, in-house counsel from Portugal, Spain and Andorra. Learn about recent trends in international arbitration such as force majeure and dissenting opinions, as we celebrate and reflect on the ICC Court’s centenary.

(Lisbon Time Zone)


Introductory remarks 

  • Joana Granadeiro, ICC YAAF Representative for Europe & Russia; Principal Associate, Morais Leitão, Lisbon


Interest in International Arbitration – a Practical Guide

  • Borja Pérez-Puente, Lawyer, Clifford Chance, Madrid
  • Carolina Pitta e Cunha, Tribunal Secretary and Lecturer at FDUCP, Lisbon

Moderated by: 

  • Iñaki Carrera, Consultant at Vda, Lisbon 


Cocktail Reception

Iñaki Carrera

Consultant, VdA, Lisbon

Borja Pérez-Puente

Lawyer. Clifford Chance, Madrid 

Carolina Pitta e Cunha

Tribunal Secretary and Lecturer, FDUCP, Lisbon


Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
Rua Castilho, 165, 11 Floor
1070-050 Lisboa

Working language English
Registration The event is free, however, prior registration is required.

For further information, please contact:

Joana Granadeiro

ICC YAAF Representative for Europe and Russia

+351 967 988 756


Sophia Zaia

Executive Assistant, ICC Arbitration and ADR, Dispute Resolution Services, Europe




What is ICC YAAF?

At ICC, we believe that through training and mentorship, we can shape the next generation of leading international arbitration and ADR experts. Through the ICC Young Arbitration and ADR Forum (YAAF) network, we are able to better inform, connect and inspire young professionals with interests in dispute resolution and dispute avoidance.

Throughout the world, ICC YAAF organises a number of educational and social events that allow young professionals to discover best practices, discuss topical issues, network and create meaningful connections with experienced practitioners.

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